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Published 5/7/1984


Floppy drives, hard drives, and bubble memory.

Guests: Al Shugart, Seagate; Frank Sordello, Memorex; Gary Kildall, DRI

Products/Demos: 5 ¼ inch floppy drive, 3 ½ inch floppy drive, RCA CED videodisk, 3680 1.2 GB spindle disk. Originally broadcast in 1984. Copyright 1984 Stewart Cheifet Productions.


Audio/Visual sound, color
Contact Information stewart@cheifet.com

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Reviewer: turkey-legs - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 10, 2014
Subject: its not the video
If you play it with media player classic, it doesn't skip. It's just rendered in a very old simple codec. If you reconvert it to a modern format like MKV. It fixes the skipping and can be played with stuff like VLC.
Reviewer: The_Emperor_Of_Television - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 1, 2014
Subject: Cool
It's cool how they use terms like "Winchester discs" (don't hear that very often these days).

Quite fun to watch. It's the next best thing to a time machine.
Reviewer: akohler - - February 3, 2012
Subject: Oops
Wanted to correct my previous review: it was Al from Seagate who made the comment about floppies, not Frank from Memorex.
Reviewer: gdement - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 9, 2006
Subject: First few minutes of video are jumping
Great episode, except the first few minutes have that annoying jumping problem that sometimes happens with films. It would be very nice if that can be corrected. I was viewing the mpeg2 file.

It's pretty cool to see all the various storage technologies being discussed. I thought Shugart (Seagate founder) was a great guest, and showed an ability to distinguish between neat gimmicks vs. practical devices for computers in the 80's. His biggest miss was predicting that 3.5" floppies wouldn't replace the 5.25", but even that took many years so his prediction wasn't that bad. His commentary mentioned several competing formats of 3.25, 3.5, 3.75" floppies, which I never heard of before.

The massive drive platter shown by the Memorex guest was pretty cool. He indicated that 9 of those platters on a spindle totals up to 1.2GB, so if I understood correctly the platter is about 136MB.
There was also some discussion of perpindicular recording - something which I believe has only recently begun to be employed on production drives.
Reviewer: cpt_mocha - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 12, 2003
Subject: Old hard drive platters and optical disks
This was a fairly interesting episode with regards to the old technology and especially the attitudes and beliefs of Al Shugart (CEO of Seagate) and Frank Sordello (Vice President at Memorex).

Al Shugart seemed like he was in a bad mood or maybe just egotistical about the discussion, it's difficult to tell. In any case, he didn't seem interested in being there. It's interesting to hear his remarks about the "micro-floppy" (aka the standard 3 1/2" floppy) not becoming more popular than the old 5 1/4" floppy, as well as his somewhat negative comments regarding solid state and optical drives. I wonder if he owns any CD or DVD writers or USB pen drives??

Frank Sordello on the other hand is very enthusiastic about the different technologies and showed samples of hard disk platters and optical disks. His comments demonstrated that he had a better idea of where these technologies were headed.

Until I watched this episode I had no idea that multi-gigabyte hard drives existed in 1984! Amazing! Sordello showed this huge disk platter and said it was one platter of a 9 platter hard drive that was 10 Gigabytes total storage or something like that... Cool.... =)
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